Steamboat’s Elevation Dance Studio presents 2nd annual recital |

Steamboat’s Elevation Dance Studio presents 2nd annual recital

Dancers rehearse a contemporary piece last week at Elevation Dance Studio while preparing for Saturday’s “School of Rock” recital

Dancers rehearse a contemporary piece last week at Elevation Dance Studio while preparing for Saturday's "School of Rock" recital, which will take place at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dancers include, from left, Jane Robey, Caroline Wilson, Anna Henderson, Maggie McElhiney and Malia Fraioli.
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— As years of dance education compound for Jane Robey, all of the turns, leaps and choreography have begun to solidify into something bigger than the movement itself.

"For me, I realized that dancing is liberating," Robey said. "I thought it was just fun, like more of a hobby, but when I dance, I feel like I'm a painter looking at an open canvas and I can make it into whatever I want to."

Robey will be performing in several pieces for Saturday's "School of Rock," a dance recital for Elevation Dance Studio in Steamboat Springs.

Studio owner Renee Fleischer said it feels amazing to see how far the students have come in the past year.

"I can't even really explain it in words," Fleischer said. "I well up when I come into a lot of these classes and watch. I just wanted them to look their best and I sometimes am taken aback by how many kids are performing and dedicated and really improving in the program."

The recital is Saturday with performances at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both performances are sold out, but a limited number of tickets for seats with obstructed views will be available at the door.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.

Fleischer bought the dance studio almost two years ago and trained 96 students in its first year. This year, about 215 students will be performing in the recital. Fleischer said that means coordinating 239 costumes for the show.

But with her team of teachers and co-director Tiana Buschmann, Fleischer said, she feels lucky.

"School of Rock" features a rock 'n' roll theme, incorporating classic hits into dance pieces ranging from hip-hop and jazz to contemporary. The dancers, who range in age from 3 to adult, will perform to original and cover versions of songs by Queen, Buddy Holly, Joan Jett and Aerosmith.

A ballet piece to "Hey Jude" even features 35 dancers ages 9 to 17 performing a traditional style to a very nontraditional song.

"We tried to incorporate all eras rock," Fleischer said. "You'll see Jerry Lee Lewis songs and Elvis and Florence and the Machine and Michael Jackson versions of Beatles songs. I personally love this theme. This is what I grew up listening to."

Robey and her classmates in contemporary class have been working on a sultry piece to "Not Fade Away" by Florence and the Machine with teacher Christie Ginanni Stepan.

Her classmate Malia Fraioli said the dancers in the piece are almost akin to witches enacting a kind of "love spell."

Fraioli said she also learned more than just choreography this year and hopes to keep dance part of her life even after high school.

"It's not a hobby; it's a way of life," Fraioli said. "It's something you take in, and it's a part of you."

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email